Canada Chinatown Series


A second project related to the national chronology described above is under development. We intend to publish the Canada Chinatown Series as a set of companion documents to be used in conjunction with our national chronolgy and provided to educational, government and community organizations. These booklets will be produced in cooperation with universities and local community historians and the final text produced by Professor David Chuenyan Lai with assistance from our project team at the David Lam Centre. Our intention is to produce brief authoritative documentation of local Chinatown histories.

The first publication in the Canada Chinatown Series, is focused on Victoria's Chinatown; the first in Canada. It was completed in October 2011 and was enthusiastically supported by Victoria’s Mayor Dean Fortin and Victoria City Council. In 2012, we completed a second booklet on Vancouver’s Chinatown and a third on Toronto's Chinatowns. Work is also well advanced on editions covering Ottawa, Edmonton and Montréal which we plan to publish in 2013.

To date funds for this portion of the project have been provided by:


Simon Fraser University
University of British Columbia
Université du Québec à Montréal
University of Toronto - Richard Charles Lee Library
University of Victoria
University of Winnipeg - Global College


Citizenship and Immigration Canada
City of Vancouver
City of Victoria
City of Montréal
City of Winnipeg


Victoria Foundation
David and Dorothy Lam Foundation
C.K. Choi Foundation
Lee Tak Wai Foundation
Chan Better World Foundation
G. Raymond Chang Foundation
R.H.L. Foundation


Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association - Victoria
Chinese Benevolent Association - Edmonton
Chinese Chamber of Commerce (East Toronto)
Downtown Victoria Business Association
M.C.C.C. Chamber of Commerce
National Congress of Chinese Canadians
National Congress of Chinese Canadians (Quebec Region)
Toronto Chinatown Business Improvement Association
Tourism Victoria
Winnipeg Cultural & Community Centre
Robert and Lily Lee and Family
Peter and Julia Eng
Jaelyn L. Sheng and Family
Mr. Sze-Nuen Lai
Dr. Wallace B. Chung
Dr. Madeline H. Chung
Mr Gilbert and Garnet Lee
Mrs. Rosa Y.S.K. Lai
George and Pauline Wong
Dr. Joseph and Jeannie Du

Edmonton Chinatown
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Edmonton Chinatown

Toronto Chinatown
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Vancouver Chinatown
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Vancouver Chinatown map

Victoria Chinatown
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Winnipeg Chinatown
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Winnipeg Chinatown